According to the 2012 Idaho wolf monitoring report, 683 wolves living in 117 packs roamed the state at the end of last year. That compares to 746 wolves in 104 packs at the end of 2011.
"It's encouraging to see the trend going down, and we are certainly committed to managing wolves to reduce impacts with livestock and big game (animals), and that means we will continue to focus on increasing harvest, particularly in problem areas," said Jon Rachael, big game manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Boise.
It is the policy of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to reduce the number of wolves in the state. However, neither the commission nor department Director Virgil Moore have identified a target population for wolves.
Of the 425 documented wolf mortalities during 2012, 418 were human-caused, including 329 killed by hunters and trappers, 73 that were killed by ranchers or federal agents for preying on livestock or to reduce depredation on elk herds, and 16 that were killed for various other reasons.